PetMeds® Remedy for Cat with Dandruff
This week we highlight questions asked by our PetMeds Facebook fans and answered by Dr. Dym.
|PetMeds Customer Question: My tuxedo always has what looks like bad dandruff, which is most visibly on the black areas of her coat. Could you please make a suggestion for excessive dry skin in felines?
One of the more common skin complaints of feline guardians regarding their cat’s coat is the appearance of dry flakes or dander apparent on the darker areas of the coat. There are many possible causes of this dandruff-like appearance. Certainly changes in humidity or temperature in the house at different times of year can contribute to dandruff in our pets. Additionally, other possible causes for dandruff in cats can be:
– Digestive tract issues including poor diet
– Intestinal parasites
– Food allergy/hypersensitivity
– Poor absorption or digestion of nutrients
If a cat is also itchy with a dry coat, various allergies to inhalant/contact allergies, food allergies, and flea bite allergies can also be involved. Certainly any illness in the body can affect coat quality and luster and lead to dandruff or dry skin. If your cat is otherwise acting normally, conditioners such as 1-800-PetMeds Oatmeal & Aloe Conditioner can help, as well as adding fatty acids to meals such as Missing Link or Be Well for Cats may help in many cases.
If your cat is showing signs of illness or weight loss, than a full medical workup is recommended to sort out potential causes and the best treatment plan. .